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Choose from a range of courses including fitness and health, history, poetry, Medicare and more.

Spring Term Courses

You must purchase your Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL) membership in advance to prepare for registration.
 
  • Spring Session 1: Jan. 23-Feb. 24

  • Bodiography® Fitness and Strength Training

    Mondays
    9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

    Created by Bodiography® Contemporary Ballet’s Artistic Director Maria Caruso, the workout is derived directly from the fitness and strength training needs of professional and pre-professional ballet dancers. By combining the alignment principles of ballet, traditional training techniques and specifically constructed exercise sequences, this system is truly the “ballet workout for everyBODY”.

    Instructor: Carolina Giansante, native of São Paulo, Brazil, started her dance training at Adriana Pavarini Cia De Dança, where she studied classical ballet and jazz dance for more than 10 years. She continued her training attending a variety of summer intensives in Brazil and at The Ailey School. She is currently a student at La Roche University, double majoring in dance, exercise and sport science, and minoring in psychology. Ms. Giansante is a company artist with Maria Caruso’s Bodiography®, a certified Bodiography Dance Movement therapy facilitator and a Bodiography® fitness and strength training system instructor.

  • How Does My Alexa Work?

    Mondays
    9:30 to 10:55 a.m.

    Ever wondered how an Alexa (or Google Home, etc..) actually works? Curious how she can hear your voice and query the Internet to get an answer? Then take this course! After completing this course, the student will understand basic Natural Language Processing principles specific to language recognition and information retrieval.

    Please note – This course will not teach you how to use an Alexa.

    Instructor: Cristina Robles Bahm, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Information Systems Technology department at La Roche University. Her research is in Geo-Spatial Information Systems as well as other areas of computing that she finds interesting. She owns a consulting company and serves as the Head of Community and Learning for Monkeypod.io.
  • Everyday Etymologies

    Mondays
    10 to 11:30 a.m.

    Play Wordle? Named after a guy.
    Drink Starbuck’s coffee? Almost called Cargo House.
    Use a USB? Universal Serial Bus (You’re welcome).
    Ever Skype? You use the SKY to communicate PEER TO PEER.
    Wear ADIDAS clothing? Named after the founder ADI DASSLER.

    Every word (500,000 in the English language) has an origin, an etymology. And it also has a back story to go with it. We’ll explore the etymologies and back stories of 250 of those 500,000 words in Everyday Etymologies. All philologists invited!

    Instructor: Dave Fortun retired from teaching English at Shaler Area High School after 36 years. He has continued teaching in Lifelong Learning programs in Pittsburgh for the last 16 years. Dave has also served as a docent at PNC Park, leading tours for 16 years.

  • Functional Fitness

    Mondays
    Noon to 1 p.m.

    Functional Fitness is defined as strength training that supports your body to perform daily activities. It includes movements such as walking, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, lunging and core. These exercises improve balance and stability, increase overall strength and decrease your risk of everyday injuries. Most functional fitness exercises contain multi-joint movement patterns that involve your knees, hips, spine, elbows, wrists and shoulders, which all build strength and improve your range of motion; therefore, participants must be able to handle physical activity. Some equipment will be used and is provided. Participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes, and bring water and a towel.

    Instructor: Andrea Peck, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Education Department at La Roche University. She graduated from La Roche in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She holds a master’s degree from Chatham University, K-12 principal certification from Slippery Rock University, and a Superintendents Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania. In 2015 she obtained a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in educational leadership.

    Her passion for teaching and exercise is combined at Cyclebar North Hills, where she is an indoor cycling instructor, and at F45, where she coaches high intensity interval training (HIIT). Currently she is completing her coursework to become as NASM-certified personal trainer. Dr. Peck also competes annually in Spartan Races. This year she completed her fourth Spartan Trifecta.

  • Mandala Magic

    Mondays
    1 to 3 p.m.

    MANDALA is a Sanskrit word from a language of ancient India with a 3,500-year history; it is the primary liturgical language of Hinduism and the predominant language of most works of Hindu philosophy as well as some of the principal texts of Buddhism and Jainism. It means “circle” or “center.” This artform is probably as old as humankind itself—in rudimentary form, mandalas appear on walls and in caves in some of the earliest marks made by humans. We often associate the word mandala with circular designs that have colors, shapes, and patterns repeating from the center. Mandalas can be precise, carefully measured, geometric, and perfectly symmetrical — or in contrast, free-flowing, organic, and asymmetrical. We will be using the freehand method.

    Why is drawing mandalas so popular?

    • Relaxes the body and mind.
    • Cultivates the feeling of happiness, inner peace, and general well-being.
    • Eases stress, anxiety, worry, overwork, fear and depression.
    • Activates creativity and improves focus.
    • Fosters a sense of connectedness with oneself and others.

    Students will need a drawing pencil, eraser, fine point black felt tip pen(s), and fine/medium felt tip pens in assorted colors.

    Instructor: Dana Winterhalter is an adjunct professor at La Roche University and teaches several courses involving creative thinking and expression.

  • Mirrors of the Divine: Women Mystics for our Day*

    Mondays
    7 to 8:30 p.m.

    The women who will appear in this series were ordinary women of their day who found God in the midst of their everyday experiences. What so touched them in their experience of God and the mystery of the holy in their inner lives that led them to discover the courage to live the gospel in such deep and profound ways? They listened to the voice of Spirit and caught God’s vision for the world. Each of them in their own way present a challenge to us to discover how to bring the gospel and its values into the present realities of our lives.

    *Please note: This course will be held via Zoom and will meet for 9 weeks, skipping February 27 and March 6. It also will be cross listed with Kearns Spirituality Program. ALL members are able to take this course for free. Guests can register for this course through Kearns for a fee of $75.

    Instructor: Sr. Margie Modro holds degrees from La Roche University in history and religious studies and from Shippensburg University in community counseling.  She also is trained in Addiction Treatment and Prevention from Penn State University and trauma from the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Sr. Margie received her certificate in spiritual direction from Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction. She has worked as an educator, therapist, trainer, and consultant for the Pennsylvania Departments of Education, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Safe Schools Office through UPMC.

  • Water Aerobics* – Section 1A

    Tuesdays
    Noon
     to 12:50 p.m.

    Join us for a low-impact but high-intensity water aerobics class where no swimming skills are needed. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance while using the resistance of the water to cushion the feet, knees and back. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music and are effective and easy to follow.

    *This class is for Plus members only of the Adventures in Lifelong Learning Program. Plus members may register for one water aerobics class per 5-week session.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

  • Water Aerobics* – Section 1B

    Tuesdays
    1 to 1:50 p.m.

    Join us for a low-impact but high-intensity water aerobics class where no swimming skills are needed. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance while using the resistance of the water to cushion the feet, knees and back. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music and are effective and easy to follow.

    *This class is for Plus members only of the Adventures in Lifelong Learning Program. Plus members may register for one water aerobics class per 5-week session.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

  • Celebration of African American Writers

    Tuesdays
    1:30-3 pm

    As February is traditionally Black History Month, Sr. Rita will introduce a few writers you may not know or have forgotten. From Phillis Wheatley to Rita Dove, this session will explore the poetry and short fiction of some of America’s greatest authors: James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright and Toni Morrison.

    Instructor: Sister Rita Yeasted, SFCC, Ph.D., a graduate of La Roche, holds two degrees from Duquesne University, all in English Literature. Sr. Rita is The Dorothy Saladiak Distinguished Professor of English Emerita at La Roche. She has taught in the Pittsburgh area from 1962 at levels from elementary through university, and has been at La Roche for 42 years, serving as English Department chairperson for three decades. Recently retired, she now teaches as an adjunct professor. A lifelong lover of theater, she holds special affection for August Wilson, and looks forward to sharing his life and works.
  • Lights, Camera, Action!

    Tuesdays
    5 to 6:30 p.m.

    This course introduces and explores the field of film studies. In this course you will learn how to conduct a film analysis, evaluate characters, perspective, camera angle, lighting, mise scene and new technology advancements. Exploration in various areas of film studies includes: theoretical, historical, and critical approaches to cinema as an art form, entertainment and a medium. This course offers the chance to delve deeper into film analysis through watching films in class and critiquing them. Yes, you will write a movie review! Students will get a chance to explore topics such as film history, digitalization of film and criticism. Students study everything from Hollywood blockbusters to art house movies, taking in screenwriting, critiquing domestic and foreign films, and hypothetical directing for fun along the way.

    Instructor: Carrie Flickinger earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in English from Duquesne University. Furthering her education, she obtained an M.A. in corporate communication from Duquesne University and an M.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive teaching experience teaching 6th and 7th grade English in Myrtle Beach, SC for 11 years, and has taught at local universities such as Carlow, Chatham and Duquesne, and Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach. She is currently an adjunct in the communications, media, and technology department at La Roche. In addition, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in communication and rhetorical studies with a focus on Cyberspace. She has a three-and-a-half-year-old son, Liam with a lot of energy and zest for life and a new puppy, Pauppie, who has kept her in shape! 

  • Core Strength & Stability

    Wednesdays
    11 a.m. to Noon

    Looking to increase your balance, posture and gain flexibility in your everyday life? This workout class will concentrate on abdominal muscles, the back and your mid-section to build muscle strength and protect you from injury. Building your core can provide you a more stable base for your joints, improve your posture and coordination, and lead you to feel stronger with less strain. Participants must be able to handle physical activity. Some equipment will be used and is provided. Participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes, and bring water and a towel.

    Instructor: Andrea Peck, Ed.D. is an assistant professor in the Education Department at La Roche. She graduated from La Roche in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She holds a master’s degree from Chatham University, K-12 principal certification from Slippery Rock University, and a Superintendents Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania. In 2015 she obtained a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in educational leadership.  

    Her passion for teaching and exercise is combined at Cyclebar North Hills, where she is an indoor cycling instructor, and at F45, where she will be a trainer in early 2022. Currently she is completing her coursework to become as NASM-certified personal trainer. Dr. Peck also competes annually in Spartan Races. This past year she completed her fourth Spartan Trifecta.

  • Knitting Know-How – Intermediate

    Wednesdays
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    For centuries knitting has been a useful and productive outlet around the world. Knitting is fascinating and gives one an endless opportunity to create. If you are a beginner, or if you have some basic knitting skills, this class will enable you to reach new levels. Come along and have fun learning the basic steps of knitting and pattern reading. Learn a variety of stitches such as cables, bobbles, etc. Students will need to have size US 8 knitting needles.

    Please note: This course is for those who have experience knitting.

    Instructor: Stephanie Marks spent the first part of her career in mechanical and electrical design and drafting at Westinghouse R&D.  However, the majority of her career was spent at La Roche University in the Registrar and faculty offices until her retirement in July 2021.

    Ms. Marks started knitting in ninth grade and remembers how awkward knitting was at first. With a little bit of encouragement and patience, she quickly found it to be a joyful and creative outlet. She enjoys teaching people the basics of knitting and seeing the pride on the face of a student when they complete a knitted project.

    Ms. Marks has taught at the Millvale library and several rehabilitation facilities for women, and she has taught all five of her grandchildren, ages 5 through 14. She also has moved on to progressive knitting techniques such as the Kitchener stitch and intarsia.

    Ms. Marks enjoys creating and teaching more advanced pieces, such as socks, sweaters and Christmas stockings. Knitting is her favorite pastime.
  • Tai Chi – Section 1A

    Wednesdays
    12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

    Tai Chi is a low-impact set of movements that benefits the mind and the body. Some of the benefits include improved balance and flexibility, better focus and concentration, stress reduction and overall well-being. The movements are done in a slow, relaxed, coordinated manner that helps increase circulation to the brain and the internal organs. Tai chi helps regulate the nervous system, which sends signals to the brain that enhances our reaction skills. Each movement has a specific name and purpose.

    The classes will begin with working on the beginner 24 movement Tai chi form and will progress to the advanced 108 movement form. Chi kung (breathing exercises), postures and footwork will be covered in each class.

    Instructor: Sifu David Slaughter began training in Chinese Martial arts at the early age of eight years old. Over decades of training and teaching, Sifu realized that learning, patience and discipline pave the long path to wisdom. Sifu carries forward this philosophy—a philosophy that characterized traditional Chinese “closed school” systems—into an open school where his teaching style demonstrates that every student should be taught what the individual student is ready to learn. 

    At the core of Sifu’s teaching are two foundational elements: the training of the body to build confidence in the individual’s physical abilities, and training of the mind to release personal ego that often gets us into trouble. Sifu Slaughter’s reputation for sincerity, patience in teaching and dedication to his art have become widely known and respected throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area and beyond.

  • The Music Still Goes Round and Around

    Wednesdays
    1 to 2:30 p.m.

    Join Mike Plaskett, local radio show host as he shares narrated shows with music clips and lots of pictures. The content is similar to the music featured on his WESA radio show, Rhythm Sweet & Hot. A sampling of what you’ll hear and topics include:

    • Pittsburgh’s trumpeter-bandleader-arranger Billy May and his unsung comedy and satire.
    • The rise of Glenn Miller.
    • The ascendancy of singers such as Doris Day, Kay Starr and Patti Page.
    • The Chick Webb Orchestra and the popularity of Ella Fitzgerald.
    • The big difference in the Glenn Miller orchestra's appeal.
    • The great “singing sisters” – female vocal groups.
    • Goodman, Basie, Shaw and their marvelous singer, Billie Holiday.
    • Orchestra Leader Ray McKinley.
    • Broadway and radio singer Jane Froman.
    • The astonishing Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band and their heroic performances in the war in Europe.   

    Instructor: Mike Plaskett, radio host, is a lifelong collector of phonograph records from the 1930s-40s. He loves to acquaint his audiences with the personalities of that era and especially the charm and artistry inherent in their work. Mr. Plaskett tells stories about the musicians and some of the famous performers. He illustrates with original recordings and slides.

    Mr. Plaskett has worked in radio and TV since 1958. In addition to a variety of day jobs in broadcasting, he has been the creator and co-host of the weekly Rhythm Sweet & Hot show on WESA 90.5 FM (formerly WDUQ) since 1980. Mr. Plaskett and his radio partner, Dale Abraham, are still on “live” every Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m
  • Tai Chi – Section 1B

    Wednesdays
    1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

    Tai Chi is a low-impact set of movements that benefits the mind and the body. Some of the benefits include improved balance and flexibility, better focus and concentration, stress reduction and overall well-being. The movements are done in a slow, relaxed, coordinated manner that helps increase circulation to the brain and the internal organs. Tai chi helps regulate the nervous system, which sends signals to the brain that enhances our reaction skills. Each movement has a specific name and purpose.

    The classes will begin with working on the beginner 24 movement Tai chi form and will progress to the advanced 108 movement form. Chi kung (breathing exercises), postures and footwork will be covered in each class.

    Instructor: Sifu David Slaughter began training in Chinese Martial arts at the early age of eight years old. Over decades of training and teaching, Sifu realized that learning, patience and discipline pave the long path to wisdom. Sifu carries forward this philosophy—a philosophy that characterized traditional Chinese “closed school” systems—into an open school where his teaching style demonstrates that every student should be taught what the individual student is ready to learn. 

    At the core of Sifu’s teaching are two foundational elements: the training of the body to build confidence in the individual’s physical abilities, and training of the mind to release personal ego that often gets us into trouble. Sifu Slaughter’s reputation for sincerity, patience in teaching and dedication to his art have become widely known and respected throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area and beyond.

  • Exploring the Unseen World

    Wednesdays
    4 to 5:30 p.m.

    Did you know that about half of the cells that make up 'you' are microbes? And if we bundle them all together, they would comprise about three pounds of your weight? The reason such a large number of cells can exist in such a compact space is because they are small – a microbial cell is about 1/1000 the size of a human cell. All of these cells are called your microbiome and they are incredibly important to your health. For instance, using some mouthwashes changes the types of microbes in your mouth and this can alter your blood pressure. And then there are all those microbes that we deal with that cause disease, everything from the viruses causing the respiratory diseases like COVID-19, the flu, and RSV to the foodborne bacteria that cause gastrointestinal distress. And not all microbes are bad, actually less than one percent cause the problems we deal with while the other 99 percent are helping us to break down materials in the environment to recycle nutrients or fighting off those microbes that cause problems.

    This class is offered both in-person and via Zoom.

    Instructor: Joseph Reznik is an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Allegheny County. He teaches in both the sciences and mathematics. Mr. Reznik earned his B.A. in Biology and B.S. in Mathematics from the College of Charleston. In addition to teaching, he trains to do sprint triathlons, pedicabs at local sporting events, and works on the Woods Run Watershed Task Force to engage the community in watershed issues.

  • Muscle Conditioning: Strength and Endurance

    Thursdays
    9 to 10 a.m.

    Build muscle strength and endurance in this group fitness class. We will use dumbbell weights and other equipment to move through a variety of muscle fitness exercises with little rest between exercises. Modifications and a range of weights will be offered. Participants should have adequate mobility for this class. Weights will be provided, but participants are advised to bring a mat and water. 

    Instructor: Emily Shimko, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at La Roche University. Dr. Shimko earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Slippery Rock University, and her M.S. in exercise physiology and Ed.D. in healthy and physical activity from the University of Pittsburgh. 

    She is a certified exercise physiologist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and registered yoga teacher (200 hour). Dr. Shimko previously worked as a personal trainer and still loves teaching group fitness. She believes that taking classes, as well as finding a supportive social network, is a great way to improve our physical health and fitness, and meet our individual goals. Dr. Shimko taught Fitness Sampler, a fall pilot course for Adventures in Lifelong Learning.

  • Road to Revolution: The Origins of the American Revolution

    Thursdays
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    The Road to Revolution focuses on colonial American opposition to British imperial policy leading to the movement of resistance against British rule after the 1760s. This course also will explore the English historical origins of rights and constitutionalism and the philosophical constructs of resistance to tyranny. Major events such as the Stamp Act crisis, the rise of the Sons and Daughters of Liberty, the Boston Tea Party, and the “shot heard round the world” at Lexington and Concord will be explored in this session.

    Instructor: Dr. Richard S. Grimes has taught Native American history and early American history for 25 years at West Virginia University and Lifelong Learning Program for West Virginia University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and La Roche University. He currently teaches at Penn State University-Beaver. An active researcher and writer, his book The Western Delaware Indian Nation, 1730–1795: Warriors and Diplomats was published by Lehigh University Press, Studies in the Eighteenth Century and the Atlantic World (October 2017).

  • Parables of Jesus

    Thursdays
    1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    One of the great traditions of the ancient near East was storytelling, a tradition raised to new heights in the teaching ministry of Jesus. He was a master storyteller and used the parables to engage people and invite them to a new vision. This session will examine the stories that Jesus told as they relate to his tradition, his earthly ministry and their application to contemporary listeners.

    Instructor: Fr. Peter Horton is a priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh currently serving as director of the Office of Mission and Ministry at La Roche University. Ordained in 1979, he holds a Master of Divinity from Mount Saint Mary Seminary and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Duquesne University. He had previously served as director of Campus Ministry from 1994-2013 at La Roche University where he was also an adjunct professor in religious studies. He was most recently the Administrator of Saint Thomas More and Saint John Capistran parishes in the South Hills. He also has served in hospital ministry, retreat ministry and was the National Team Priest for Catholic Engaged Encounter. He also was general manager of the Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper and served the papers as their entertainment and culture writer for more than 20 years. He is an avid reader, movie buff, theatre lover and a collector of Snoopy memorabilia.

  • The Economics of Immigration

    Thursdays
    4 to 5:30 p.m.

    This five-week session will focus on the history of immigration in the U.S. and the economic impact of immigration over past 50 years.

    Topics will include:

    • What role has immigration played in the U.S. economy?
    • How has the policy of immigration changed in the U.S. over the past 50 years impacted the economy?
    • What is cost/benefit analysis of the current federal immigration policy?
    • Where is the immigration issue most problematic and what solutions have been implemented?
    • How can the current influx of immigrants be integrated into the American economic system?
    Instructor: Paul Kasunich, Ed.D., has earned a B.S. in economics, M.S. in education, and an Ed.D. All of his degrees are from Duquesne University. As well as teaching in the doctoral program at Gwynedd, he serves as Dissertation Chair for several doctoral students. Dr. Kasunich is no stranger to La Roche. From 2000-2006, he taught both Macro and Micro Economics in the Business School at La Roche.
  • Memoir Writing: Your Stories

    Fridays
    10:30 a.m. to Noon

    All of us have our own interesting stories. In this participatory class, we want to hear them.  The instructor will go over some of the basics of memoir writing. Then, participants will be encouraged to write and share their stories in a relaxed and positive classroom setting. The course also will explore how to preserve your stories in a keepsake for yourself and future generations.

    Instructor: Steve Hecht worked on newspapers and magazines for 40 years as a writer, copy editor and graphic designer. He spent 30 of those years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Hecht became interested in memoir writing in the early 1990s when he helped Holocaust survivor Ernie Light compile his memoirs, which were turned into a small book. Some of Hecht’s own memoir stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine.

  • Winter Gardening and Planning for a Great Spring Garden

    Fridays
    1 to 2:30 p.m.

    Join Doug Oster as he guides you through the fun work necessary to have your best garden ever! He will cover how and when to start seeds, the importance of soil preparation, plant selection, indoor growing and much more.

    Instructor: Doug Oster believes gardening is fun and you can truly enjoy every day spent outside when you’re tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees. Whether you’re new to gardening or a seasoned tender to your backyard oasis, Doug Oster has something to offer everyone! Simply put, he loves writing about gardening and highlighting gardeners. Beyond writing, Doug also is an Emmy Award winning producer and television host. You can catch Doug hosting The Organic Gardener Radio Show, every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on Pittsburgh’s KDKA Radio, and read his feature articles in the Pittsburgh Earth Day’s Green Voice e-newsletter.

  • Spring 2 – March 13 – April 21 (no class April 4-10)

  • Bodiography® Fitness and Strength Training

    Mondays
    9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

    Created by Bodiography® Contemporary Ballet’s Artistic Director Maria Caruso, the workout is derived directly from the fitness and strength training needs of professional and pre-professional ballet dancers. By combining the alignment principles of ballet, traditional training techniques and specifically constructed exercise sequences, this system is truly the “ballet workout for everyBODY”.

    Instructor: Carolina Giansante, native of São Paulo, Brazil, started her dance training at Adriana Pavarini Cia De Dança, where she studied classical ballet and jazz dance for more than 10 years. She continued her training attending a variety of summer intensives in Brazil and at The Ailey School. She is currently a student at La Roche University, double majoring in dance, exercise and sport science, and minoring in psychology. Ms. Giansante is a company artist with Maria Caruso’s Bodiography®, a certified Bodiography® Dance Movement therapy facilitator and a Bodiography® fitness and strength training system instructor.

  • Poetry for the Soul

    Mondays
    9:30 to 11 a.m.

    This session will encourage participants to see the connection between samples of poetry and a reflected meditation/prayer. Meditation and group sharing will be part of the experience.

    Instructor: Karen Lehman is a La Roche graduate receiving a B.A. in History and a minor in Theology.  Furthering her education, she obtained an M.E. in Social Sciences with Secondary Teaching Certification from Shippensburg University. She pursued Certification in Religious Education, Spiritual Direction, Program Development and Retreats at Kearns Spirituality Center. 

  • Leadership Ethics

    Mondays
    10:30 to Noon

    In a speech at the U.S. Naval Institute, management scholar Peter Drucker said that “leadership is doing the right things; management is doing things right.” This describes the role of ethics in leadership as a guide and standard to measure our leaders. This course will explain the importance of ethics for leaders and address our need for ethical leadership today. 

    Instructor: Jeffrey Darville, Ph.D., MSOL is an insightful professor, business leader, keynote speaker and researcher. Currently a professor of business at La Roche and formerly MBA director and assistant professor in the College of Business Administration at the American University in the Emirates, Dubai, UAE, Dr. Darville has taught marketing, negotiations, change management, OB and leadership. He earned a B.S. in Marketing Management from Grove City College, as well as a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Geneva College (MSOL) and a doctorate from Gannon University. He has published his book The Constantine Doctrine on Christian Leadership in Western Civilization, and articles on his model of Kinetic Leadership, Value-Added Services and Strategic Human Resource Management. 

  • Functional Fitness

    Mondays
    Noon to 1 p.m.

    Functional Fitness is defined as strength training that supports your body to perform daily activities. It includes movements such as walking, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, lunging and core. These exercises improve balance and stability, increase overall strength and decrease your risk of everyday injuries. Most functional fitness exercises contain multi-joint movement patterns that involve your knees, hips, spine, elbows, wrists and shoulders, which all build strength and improve your range of motion; therefore, participants must be able to handle physical activity. Some equipment will be used and is provided. Participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes, and bring water and a towel.

    Instructor: Andrea Peck, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Education Department at La Roche University. She graduated from La Roche in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She holds a master’s degree from Chatham University, K-12 principal certification from Slippery Rock University, and a Superintendents Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania. In 2015 she obtained a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in educational leadership.

    Her passion for teaching and exercise is combined at Cyclebar North Hills, where she is an indoor cycling instructor, and at F45, where she coaches high intensity interval training (HIIT). Currently she is completing her coursework to become as NASM-certified personal trainer. Dr. Peck also competes annually in Spartan Races. This year she completed her fourth Spartan Trifecta.

  • Faith on Film – Lenten Edition

    Mondays
    1 to 4 p.m.

    This course will focus on several contemporary films which contain themes of faith, can serve as parables, or feature heroic figures living their faith each day. As we watch the films together, we will look for those themes and have an open discussion. Themes of peace and social justice, discipleship, trust and relationships with others and our world will be featured, including elements of Lent. In a way, we will be examining the themes of redemption portrayed on film by some of our better and lesser known directors and actors.

    For those who took the course by the same title in previous sessions, all of the movies shown in this course will be different than the previous courses.

    Instructor: Fr. Peter Horton is a priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh currently serving as director of the Office of Mission and Ministry at La Roche University. Ordained in 1979, he holds a Master of Divinity from Mount Saint Mary Seminary and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Duquesne University. He had previously served as director of Campus Ministry from 1994-2013 at La Roche University where he was also an adjunct professor in religious studies. He was most recently the Administrator of Saint Thomas More and Saint John Capistran parishes in the South Hills. He has also served in hospital ministry, retreat ministry and was the National Team Priest for Catholic Engaged Encounter. He also was general manager of the Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper and served the papers as their entertainment and culture writer for over 20 years. He is an avid reader, movie buff, theatre lover and a collector of Snoopy memorabilia.

  • Mirrors of the Divine: Women Mystics for our Day

    Mondays
    7 to 8:30 p.m.

    This session is continued from Spring Session 1.
  • U.S. History from the 1930s to 1980s: From Red Decade to Reagan Revolution

    Tuesdays
    10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    This session will explore United States history from the 1930s to 1980s.

    Instructor: Paul Le Blanc has taught History at La Roche University since 2000, and also served for several years as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.  A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (where he earned his Ph.D. in 1989), he also has worked as a social service employee, taxi driver, dishwasher, health care worker, shipyard worker and an auto worker. He has written and edited over 30 books, including A Short History of the U.S. Working Class: from Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century.  

  • Water Aerobics* – Section 2A

    Tuesdays
    Noon
     to 12:50 p.m.

    Join us for a low-impact but high-intensity water aerobics class where no swimming skills are needed. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance while using the resistance of the water to cushion the feet, knees and back. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music and are effective and easy to follow.

    *This class is for Plus members only of the Adventures in Lifelong Learning Program. Plus members may register for one water aerobics class per 5-week session.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

  • Water Aerobics* – Section 2B

    Tuesdays
    1 to 1:50 p.m.

    Join us for a low-impact but high-intensity water aerobics class where no swimming skills are needed. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance while using the resistance of the water to cushion the feet, knees and back. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music and are effective and easy to follow.

    *This class is for Plus members only of the Adventures in Lifelong Learning Program. Plus members may register for one water aerobics class per 5-week session.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

  • Better Balance! Steady and Strong™

    Tuesdays
    1 to 2 p.m.

    Are you looking for an exercise program designed to improve your everyday life? This course, led by a physical therapist, will focus on balance and core strengthening exercises. Come join the fun and learn a program designed to improve your posture and daily function, while also decreasing your risk of falls and injury.

    No special equipment is needed, and most of the exercises are completed standing. No part of the program involves getting up and down from the floor. This program is suitable for beginners yet appropriate for those with more exercise experience as it can be adapted to fit individual needs.

    Instructor: Diane Markovitz is a licensed physical therapist with a degree from Marquette University’s School of Physical Therapy. She loves developing and teaching group exercise classes as it provides her with a way to use her physical therapy experience to reach more people.

  • The Prophets: The Conscience of Israel

    Tuesdays
    1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    One of the greatest contributions of the prophets in Israel is that they were able to imagine a world other than what it is. The world imagined by the prophets is a world of justice and equality for all people; especially, the poor and marginalized in society. This course will examine the vision of the world as articulated in the message of the pre-exilic prophets: Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeramiah and Ezekiel.

    Instructor: Ed Bobinchock, PhD in Biblical Studies with a specialization in the Old Testament from Amridge University, has served as a faculty at La Roche University since 2007. He has taught various courses in Biblical Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, The Psalms and the Letters of St. Paul. In addition, he has taught courses in Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, and Philosophical Anthropology. In recognition of his excellence in teaching, the university awarded Dr. Bobinchock the Brother Gregory Nugent Award for Excellence in Teaching. He currently serves as the Chair of the Humanities Division and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy.

  • Bone Health! Steady and Strong™

    Tuesdays
    2 to 3 p.m.

    Did you know that half of all adults age 50 and older are at risk of breaking a bone and should be concerned about bone health? (National Osteoporosis Foundation 2016)

    Bone Health! Steady and Strong™ is a six-week program designed for individuals with bone density concerns, based on the principles of Too Fit to Fall or Fracture. Classes are taught by a licensed physical therapist certified in Bone Fit and incorporate strengthening, flexibility, balance and endurance exercises.

    Participants also are educated in how to safely modify daily activities for spine health. Members may register for one of Diane Markovitz’s classes per session initially. Members who were on the waiting list in the fall will get preference to register for the class.

    Instructor: Diane Markovitz is a licensed physical therapist with a degree from Marquette University’s School of Physical Therapy. She loves developing and teaching group exercise classes, as it provides her with a way to use her physical therapy experience to reach more people.

  • Where Did They Go? Films That Time Forgot

    Tuesdays
    5 to 6:30 p.m.

    Remember the great film that you always come back to as your “go to” movie for a rainy day, a good laugh, or because you just can’t get enough of that movie for some reason?  Maybe it was a character that you love? Well then, this course is for you. Join us as we examine classic films from multiple genres, how they shaped the movie industry, impacted our culture, and how films have changed due to digitalization. Of course, you will write a movie review for a movie you both enjoyed and loathed! So many great films have been forgotten, so we will revitalize them and continue critiquing them, along with other interests about movies that you might have! Let’s go to the movies!

    Instructor: Carrie Flickinger earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in English from Duquesne University. Furthering her education, she obtained an M.A. in corporate communication from Duquesne University and an M.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive teaching experience teaching 6th and 7th grade English in Myrtle Beach, SC for 11 years, and has taught at local universities such as Carlow, Chatham and Duquesne, and Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach. She is currently an adjunct in the communications, media, and technology department at La Roche. In addition, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in communication and rhetorical studies with a focus on Cyberspace. She has a three-and-a-half-year-old son, Liam with a lot of energy and zest for life and a new puppy, Pauppie, who has kept her in shape! 

  • Core Strength & Stability

    Wednesdays
    11 a.m. to Noon

    Looking to increase your balance, posture and gain flexibility in your everyday life? This workout class will concentrate on abdominal muscles, the back and your mid-section to build muscle strength and protect you from injury. Building your core can provide you a more stable base for your joints, improve your posture and coordination, and lead you to feel stronger with less strain. Participants must be able to handle physical activity. Some equipment will be used and is provided. Participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes, and bring water and a towel.

    Instructor: Andrea Peck, Ed.D. is an assistant professor in the Education Department at La Roche. She graduated from La Roche in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She holds a master’s degree from Chatham University, K-12 principal certification from Slippery Rock University, and a Superintendents Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania. In 2015 she obtained a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in educational leadership.  

    Her passion for teaching and exercise is combined at Cyclebar North Hills, where she is an indoor cycling instructor, and at F45, where she will be a trainer in early 2022. Currently she is completing her coursework to become as NASM-certified personal trainer. Dr. Peck also competes annually in Spartan Races. This past year she completed her fourth Spartan Trifecta.

  • Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription

    Wednesdays
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    This course will introduce participants to the basics of fitness training with free weights and cable resistance machines, aerobic and other equipment. Junior and senior level Exercise Science students enrolled in Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription will serve as “personal trainers” to Lifelong Learning members. Students will be supervised by their instructor while working with ALL members. The students will conduct fitness assessments and develop an individualized exercise prescription based on the results of the testing, along with members’ physical activity and medical history. ALL members should be in relatively good health and must complete a Pre-participation Screening prior to their first session with students. Any medical clearance from their personal physician should also be completed if necessary.

    Although we know that life can get in the way, this class is part of a student project, and we ask that you commit to regular attendance when enrolling in this ALL course. If you know going in you will miss more than one class, please do not register at this time for this course.

    This course will meet for 6 weeks.

    Instructor: Emily Shimko, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at La Roche University. Dr. Shimko earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Slippery Rock University, and her M.S. in exercise physiology and Ed.D. in healthy and physical activity from the University of Pittsburgh. 

    She is a certified exercise physiologist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and registered yoga teacher (200 hour). Dr. Shimko previously worked as a personal trainer and still loves teaching group fitness. She believes that taking classes, as well as finding a supportive social network, is a great way to improve our physical health and fitness, and meet our individual goals. Dr. Shimko taught Fitness Sampler, a fall pilot course for Adventures in Lifelong Learning.

  • Knitting Know-How – Beginner

    Wednesdays
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    This hands-on course will include the techniques and stitches required to create a basic knitted item. Casting on, the knit stitch and the purl stitch will be covered. Information on types of yarn and needles and the beginning of pattern reading will be introduced. Please bring a pair of knitting needles size US 7 (4.5 mm) or US 8 (5.0 mm). Practice yarn will be provided for the first class. Three samples of basic knitted items will be displayed to help students choose the project they wish to knit. 

    Instructor: Stephanie Marks spent the first part of her career in mechanical and electrical design and drafting at Westinghouse R&D.  However, the majority of her career was spent at La Roche University in the Registrar and faculty offices until her retirement in July 2021.

    Ms. Marks started knitting in ninth grade and remembers how awkward knitting was at first. With a little bit of encouragement and patience, she quickly found it to be a joyful and creative outlet. She enjoys teaching people the basics of knitting and seeing the pride on the face of a student when they complete a knitted project.

    Ms. Marks has taught at the Millvale library and several rehabilitation facilities for women, and she has taught all five of her grandchildren, ages 5 through 14. She also has moved on to progressive knitting techniques such as the Kitchener stitch and intarsia.

    Ms. Marks enjoys creating and teaching more advanced pieces, such as socks, sweaters and Christmas stockings. Knitting is her favorite pastime. 

  • Tai Chi – Section 2A

    Wednesdays
    12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

    Tai Chi is a low-impact set of movements that benefits the mind and the body. Some of the benefits include improved balance and flexibility, better focus and concentration, stress reduction and overall well-being. The movements are done in a slow, relaxed, coordinated manner that helps increase circulation to the brain and the internal organs. Tai chi helps regulate the nervous system, which sends signals to the brain that enhances our reaction skills. Each movement has a specific name and purpose.

    The classes will begin with working on the beginner 24 movement Tai chi form and will progress to the advanced 108 movement form. Chi kung (breathing exercises), postures and footwork will be covered in each class.

    Instructor: Sifu David Slaughter began training in Chinese Martial arts at the early age of eight years old. Over decades of training and teaching, Sifu realized that learning, patience and discipline pave the long path to wisdom. Sifu carries forward this philosophy—a philosophy that characterized traditional Chinese “closed school” systems—into an open school where his teaching style demonstrates that every student should be taught what the individual student is ready to learn. 

    At the core of Sifu’s teaching are two foundational elements: the training of the body to build confidence in the individual’s physical abilities, and training of the mind to release personal ego that often gets us into trouble. Sifu Slaughter’s reputation for sincerity, patience in teaching and dedication to his art have become widely known and respected throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area and beyond.

  • Tai Chi – Section 2B

    Wednesdays
    1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

    Tai Chi is a low-impact set of movements that benefits the mind and the body. Some of the benefits include improved balance and flexibility, better focus and concentration, stress reduction and overall well-being. The movements are done in a slow, relaxed, coordinated manner that helps increase circulation to the brain and the internal organs. Tai chi helps regulate the nervous system, which sends signals to the brain that enhances our reaction skills. Each movement has a specific name and purpose.

    The classes will begin with working on the beginner 24 movement Tai chi form and will progress to the advanced 108 movement form. Chi kung (breathing exercises), postures and footwork will be covered in each class.

    Instructor: Sifu David Slaughter began training in Chinese Martial arts at the early age of eight years old. Over decades of training and teaching, Sifu realized that learning, patience and discipline pave the long path to wisdom. Sifu carries forward this philosophy—a philosophy that characterized traditional Chinese “closed school” systems—into an open school where his teaching style demonstrates that every student should be taught what the individual student is ready to learn. 

    At the core of Sifu’s teaching are two foundational elements: the training of the body to build confidence in the individual’s physical abilities, and training of the mind to release personal ego that often gets us into trouble. Sifu Slaughter’s reputation for sincerity, patience in teaching and dedication to his art have become widely known and respected throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area and beyond.

  • Muscle Conditioning: Strength and Endurance

    Thursdays
    9 to 10 a.m.

    Build muscle strength and endurance in this group fitness class. We will use dumbbell weights and other equipment to move through a variety of muscle fitness exercises with little rest between exercises. Modifications and a range of weights will be offered. Participants should have adequate mobility for this class. Weights will be provided, but participants are advised to bring a mat and water. 

    Instructor: Emily Shimko, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at La Roche University. Dr. Shimko earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Slippery Rock University, and her M.S. in exercise physiology and Ed.D. in healthy and physical activity from the University of Pittsburgh. 

    She is a certified exercise physiologist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and registered yoga teacher (200 hour). Dr. Shimko previously worked as a personal trainer and still loves teaching group fitness. She believes that taking classes, as well as finding a supportive social network, is a great way to improve our physical health and fitness, and meet our individual goals. Dr. Shimko taught Fitness Sampler, a fall pilot course for Adventures in Lifelong Learning.

  • Gentle Yoga and Meditation – Section 2A

    Thursdays
    10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    This yoga class is designed for a wide range of fitness levels and for those with and without prior experience with yoga. This course will include slow, gentle movement alongside guided mindfulness and meditation practices. Yoga postures throughout the course will involve sitting, lying down, and standing. Accommodations will happily be made as needed to ensure that each student finds comfort throughout the class. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, and asked to bring a yoga mat and water.

    Instructor: Carol Lynn Hecht completed her yoga training in 2019 and is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Her training focused primarily on vinyasa or flow yoga. Currently, she is completing a training in yin yoga, a contemplative practice involving longer holds for poses. She specializes in gentle practices which integrate breathwork, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques with movement. Her hope is to create a welcoming, accessible space for her students to practice and explore. Beyond yoga, Carol Lynn is a licensed counselor, pursuing a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. In her free time, she enjoys reading and painting.

  • The American Revolution and Birth of the American Republic

    Thursdays
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    This session builds on the themes and issues presented in the first session. We will focus on the key events and personalities as the American colonies struggled to fight a war of independence from British rule and attempted to forge a Republic. Included in the course will be an analysis of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, the trials and tribulations of George Washington’s Continental Army, Benjamin Franklin’s diplomatic mission in France, Abigail Adams and influential women of the revolution, and the voices heard in Philadelphia as the American founders established a constitutional republic.

    Instructor: Dr. Richard S. Grimes has taught Native American history and early American history for 25 years at West Virginia University and Lifelong Learning Program for West Virginia University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and La Roche University. He currently teaches at Penn State University-Beaver. An active researcher and writer, his book The Western Delaware Indian Nation, 1730–1795: Warriors and Diplomats was published by Lehigh University Press, Studies in the Eighteenth Century and the Atlantic World (October 2017).

  • Gentle Yoga and Meditation – Section 2B

    Thursdays
    11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

    This yoga class is designed for a wide range of fitness levels and for those with and without prior experience with yoga. This course will include slow, gentle movement alongside guided mindfulness and meditation practices. Yoga postures throughout the course will involve sitting, lying down, and standing. Accommodations will happily be made as needed to ensure that each student finds comfort throughout the class. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, and asked to bring a yoga mat and water.

    Instructor: Carol Lynn Hecht completed her yoga training in 2019 and is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Her training focused primarily on vinyasa or flow yoga. Currently, she is completing a training in yin yoga, a contemplative practice involving longer holds for poses. She specializes in gentle practices which integrate breathwork, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques with movement. Her hope is to create a welcoming, accessible space for her students to practice and explore. Beyond yoga, Carol Lynn is a licensed counselor, pursuing a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. In her free time, she enjoys reading and painting.

  • Theater in the City

    Thursdays

    2 to 3:30 p.m.

    Pittsburgh is rich with theaters: the Pittsburgh Public, the Benedum, City Theatre, the Playhouse, Pittsburgh Playwrights. And those are just a few. Theater in the City will explore the history of Pittsburgh’s theaters and will provide an opportunity to attend two plays together, depending upon what is being offered in a particular season. We will prepare for the plays by learning about the playwright and perhaps the play’s history, then discuss the show after we’ve seen it.

    Instructor: Sister Rita Yeasted, SFCC, Ph.D., a graduate of La Roche University, holds two degrees from Duquesne University, all in English Literature. Her official title is The Dorothy Saladiak Distinguished Professor of English Emerita. 

    Sister Rita has taught in the Pittsburgh area at levels from elementary through university, and has been at La Roche for 42 years, serving as English Department chairperson for three decades. Recently retired, she now teaches as an adjunct professor. A lifelong lover of theater, she holds special affection for August Wilson, and looks forward to sharing his life and works.

  • What Does the Emergence of China as an Economic Power Mean to the U.S.?

    Thursdays
    4 to 5:30 p.m.

    This five-week session will focus on the development of the Chinese economy over the past 100 years and its rise as a global competitor to the U.S.

    Topics will include:

    • What is the history of China in terms of government and economics?
    • When did China’s economic thinking change?
    • Why is China uniquely equipped to compete on the world stage?
    • What economic steps has the U.S. implemented as protect itself as China has grown more economically powerful?
    • How does the political landscape of 2022-2023 impact China as an economic power?

    Instructor: Paul Kasunich, Ed.D., has earned a B.S. in economics, M.S. in education, and an Ed.D. All of his degrees are from Duquesne University. As well as teaching in the doctoral program at Gwynedd, he serves as Dissertation Chair for several doctoral students. Dr. Kasunich is no stranger to La Roche. From 2000-2006, he taught both Macro and Micro Economics in the Business School at La Roche.

  • Exercise Your Creative Muscle

    Fridays
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Think you’re not creative? Are you a problem solver? Made a connection, putting things together to create a new possibility? Built on another idea? Made tiny tweaks to an innovation?

    This is the workshop for you! We will spend time looking at fear of failure, the fear of not being good enough and how comparing yourself to others all can make it difficult to walk a more creative life. We will use words, paint, games, our imaginations and all sorts of creative challenges to help you unlock your creative potential!

    Instructor: Penny Lang-Carnes, M.A., is a self-taught artist who, for many years, has been designing and producing a line artwork under the name of Penny Lang designs. Her most recent artwork was presented at the Stifel Arts Center in Wheeling, WV. Her work is spontaneous, colorful and full of energy. She credits her mom for encouraging creativity, freedom to play, explore and invent as she was growing up. She earned a master’s degree in adult and community education.

  • Let’s Make Poetry

    Fridays
    2 to 3:30 p.m.

    Poetry doesn't have to be formal. Using colors, shapes, art materials, visual aids, and the five senses, participants will “make” poems, informalize poetic structures, and celebrate the creative process. Art materials will be supplied, but please bring a pen and notebook.

    Instructor: Leslie Wessner is a Fellow of the Western Pa. Writers Project at the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She has directed and taught for the Young Writers Institute, a creative writing program for high school students, and she has been an instructor for Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Ongoing Classes / Events

    Open and Lap Swim
    Times TBA 
    For Plus members only.


    Kerr Fitness & Sports Center Walking Track

    Monday to Friday
    8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Jan. 3
     
    For Plus members only.

    Track availability follows the University schedule. Hours may vary due to breaks, athletic events and the La Roche calendar.


    Book Club: The American Mosaic with Natasha Garrett
    Wednesdays: February 1, March 1, March 29 and April 26
    2 to 4:30 p.m.

    In this course we will read books that offer fresh and diverse perspectives on the complex American society and culture. The course will meet approximately once a month to discuss the books listed. Register and come to one or more of them.

    We will read and discuss the following titles:
    Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid – February 1
    Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner – March 1
    Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty – March 29
    The Other Americans by Laila Lalami – April 26


  • Special Events / Programs

    Welcome Back Get Together
    Thursday, Jan. 19
    11 a.m.

    Join us at Kearns Spirituality Center for a welcome back get together for the spring. Meet new and old friends, sign the fitness waiver, get a parking pass if needed, enjoy light refreshments and more. This is a free, members only event, although, we may have some guest appearances from some of our spring instructors. Registration is required to ensure we have enough food and supplies.


    Getting to Know The Saint John’s Bible
    Monday, Feb. 27
    10 to 11:30 a.m.


    The Saint John’s Bible, a bible for the 21st century, brings the Word of God to the world through pages of stunning works of art. The Bible’s imagery draws on aesthetics from both the ancient and modern world, connecting the enduring message of the Bible with modern times. This offering will be both informational, providing development of The Saint John’s Bible, and pastoral, providing a prayer experience with an illumination of The Saint John’s Bible. There will be ample time for discussion as well as opportunity to view some of the volumes of The Saint John’s Bible. La Roche acquired the Saint John’s Bible Illuminations Collection to broaden the appreciation of the Bible across campus. We invite you to be a part of that.

    This is not a study of the disciple John’s Gospel, but of the physical print of The Saint John’s Bible.

    After the event, feel free to join us for daily Mass. For those interested, following Mass, we will meet in the Cantellops Dining Hall for lunch together. The fee for lunch for members with an ID is $7 and can be paid by credit/debit card to the dining hall staff that day.


    Massage Wellness Wednesday
    Mar. 1
    10 a.m. to Noo
    n

    Joan Gennarini was born in Colorado and raised in Indiana. Her parents were music teachers, and her mother later became a massage therapist. Joan’s career in massage therapy started after a 15-year stint in corporate America. During that time, she moved across the country from California to Texas to Maryland, working for companies including Shell Oil, Enron North America, and Pacific Gas and Electric. After enduring years of long hours sitting in meetings, working with various personalities of co-workers, meeting stressful deadlines, and staring at the computer screen for many hours on end, Joan decided it was time to begin her healing journey. Inspired by her mother’s skill in massage therapy, Joan broke away from the busy corporate lifestyle in September 2003 and attended massage school full-time at the Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After graduation in 2004, she began working for a popular day spa in Newark, Delaware, and in 2006 opened her own private clientele massage business, Rekindled Spirits Therapeutic Massage.


    Gettysburg/Antietam Trip
    May 8-9

    Join the Adventures in Lifelong Learning Program and instructor David Albert on a trip to learn about the Gettysburg and Antietam Battle and Battlefield. In addition to short lectures on the bus to prepare us for our visit, we will see the Gettysburg Museum, Film and Cyclorama, a Battlefield Tour with a Step-on Guide at both Gettysburg and Antietam. We'll enjoy a family style dinner at Hickory Bridge Farm.

    The fee includes the above events and transportation by deluxe motor coach, one night accommodation at the Best Western Gettysburg with a buffet breakfast, and all gratuities and taxes. Lunch both days and dinner on Tuesday are at your own expense.

    We will depart from La Roche University and/or Kearns Spirituality Center (exact location TBA) on Monday, May 8 at 7 a.m. Passengers will need to arrive by 6:45 a.m. We will return to the same spot on Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m.

    Rates are per person (Member/Un-affiliated Guest):

    Single Occupancy - $500/$550
    Double Occupancy - $425/$475
    Triple Occupancy - $390/$440
    Quad Occupancy - $375/$425

    To reserve your spot, members must pay a $100 deposit and unaffiliated guests must pay a $150 deposit (deposits are refundable if you cancel before March 10 or if the trip is canceled). During registration, you will select the appropriate rooming fee for the balance. The remaining balance will be due by March 10. 

    Optional trip insurance is available for $28 per person. More information on the insurance can be found hereIf you would like to purchase the insurance, you MUST purchase it the day you book the trip/put down your deposit. You can email or call the office to purchase it. If you purchase it online, we’ll reach out for the information we’ll need to submit to Lenzner.